Weatherford Eagles Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Doug Pond Insurance

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Coach: REAGAN ROOF

Quick Hits:

Running back Britton Nichols rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in the Eagles 28-21 win over Newcastle.

The Eagles carry a six game winning streak into this year’s meeting with Elk City. The teams meet in the season finale at Weatherford on November 2nd.

Quarterback Jaxon Ratterree completed 13 of 19 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown in Weatherford’s 30-7 win over Clinton.

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 8-3

2016 – 8-4

2015 – 8-4

2014 – 7-5

2013 – 4-5

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OFFENSE

Weatherford returns nine starters from last year’s 8-3 team. Head coach Reagan Roof has spent the last two seasons building the program and now with an experienced group back that understands the system, the Eagles could be a contender.

“We have an experienced group back and our expectations are very high for this group,” said Roof.

The offense will look to be a balanced attack using multiple formations, which they hope will help to improve their offensive output. Jaxon Ratterree (6-1, 180, Jr.) will start at quarterback with Ethan Downs (6-5, 225, So.) making the move from tight end to running back. Downs is a big back with power football written all over him. Britton Nickels (5-8, 170, Sr.) is a good change-of-pace back for the Eagles. Between Downs and Nickels, look for the running game to be on point for Weatherford. Braden Teasley (5-10, 170, Sr.) starts at receiver where his skill set and speed will allow Ratterree to take some looks downfield in the passing game. BJ Ransome (6-2, 245, Jr.) is the leader of the offensive line. The Eagles will need to develop some of the younger talent up front.

DEFENSE

Fast and physical is how coach Roof wants his defense to play. Outside linebacker Javier Martinez (5-9, 170, Sr.) matches that description. Martinez is joined at linebacker by Tyler Kirk (6-3, 225, Sr.) who will play the Mike, giving the Eagles a run stopper up the middle. Another heavy hitter is Carson Young (6-1, 185, Sr.) at strong safety. Young can lay the wood from the secondary. Look for defensive tackle Cristian Garcia (5-11, 210, Sr.) and Downs at defensive end, to make a big impact at the line of scrimmage. The Eagles will base their defense in the 3-4. There are some questions at the corner spots, but coach Roof is confident the guys on the roster can step up and fill in where needed. Three early road games will help set the tone for the season.

Schedule:

8-24 – vs. Chisholm

8-31 – OPEN

9-7 – at Piedmont

9-14 – at Woodward

9-21 – at Elgin

9-28 – vs. Clinton

10-5 – at Anadarko

10-12 – vs. Chickasha

10-19 – at Cache

10-26 – vs. Newcastle

11-2 – vs. Elk City